One of Central Cross Country Skiing’s (CXC) goals since its founding has been to develop US skiers to be competitive for Olympic, World Championship and World Cup podiums.
On Tuesday in Falun, Sweden, that goal was accomplished again when Jessica Diggins placed second and Caitlin Compton Gregg third in the 10K Freestyle event. These were the first US medals in a World Championship distance event.
Diggins started to participate in CXC training camps as a 15-year-old high school athlete in 2006. From 2010 to 2012 she was supported and coached by the CXC Team. During that time she went to the Junior World Championships, the World Championships in Oslo, Norway and was named to the US Ski Team in 2012.
Gregg was supported and coached by the CXC Team from 2007 to 2013. She was selected for the US World Championship team in 2007 in Saporo, Japan and named to the US Olympic Team in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. Caitlin has won the American Birkebeiner three times, twice as a CXC Team athlete, in 2011 and 2013.
“We are incredibly proud of Jesse and Caitlin for all their accomplishments, but their medals in 10KM Freestyle event at the World Championships were the best yet,” said CXC Executive Director Yuriy Gusev. “In addition to being marvelous athletes, Jesse and Caitlin do a great work as ambassadors for our sport and volunteer constantly to work with youth, so they have stayed true to CXC’s mission. These outstanding results from Jessie and Caitlin are products of support from local clubs and coaches, national team staff, their personal supporters and other organizations. We are glad we were able to play a role in developing these athletes.” – Gusev added.
CXC is a non-profit organization headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, serving the upper-Midwest states. Sponsors and master skiers finance CXC’s programs that include “Nordic Rocks” that provides skis and instruction to children in 30 elementary schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota, Junior Development Camps for competitive youth, and both recreational and competitive Nordic skiing and biathlon training for adaptive with physical disabilities and visual impairment.
In addition, CXC collaborates with the U.S. Veterans Administration to offer cross-country skiing and biathlon training to disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. CXC was the host organizer for the 2015 International Paralympic Committee’s Nordic Skiing World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin this past January and February.